Ellis launched a two-run home run in the opening frame off Eric Jokisch. With two outs in the third inning, Ellis took Jokisch deep again for a two-run shot. He finished 2 for 4 with a walk, three runs scored and four RBI. He is hitting .193 with three homers and 23 RBI over 264 at-bats.
Jackson, who was activated from the disabled list before the game, served up a three-run home run to Matt Kemp and a run scoring single to Juan Uribe before leaving the game. He was shelled for five runs on four hits and one walk over two-thirds of an inning, dropping to 6-15 on the year.
Jackson owns a 6.38 ERA and a 1.65 WHIP over 27 starts (139 2/3 innings). His finale start of the season will come Friday at Milwaukee.
Kershaw (20-3) bounced back from a rough opening frame and received more than enough run support to get the job done. He permitted a run-scoring double to Anthony Rizzo, a run-scoring triple to Jorge Soler and a sacrifice fly in the first for his only damage of the afternoon. He permitted three runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out nine over five innings of a 14-5 victory.
Over his last four starts covering 29 innings, Kershaw has allowed seven earned runs. He owns a 1.80 ERA and a 0.86 WHIP over 26 starts (190 1/3 innings). His next start will come Wednesday at home against San Francisco.
Rucinski pitched just one inning in the majors this season. He allowed two runs on four hits. Rucinski posted a 3.15 ERA over 148 2/3 minor-league innings.
Avila is dealing with post-concussion symptoms. He is not in the team's starting lineup Friday. Avila is hitting .223/.331/.371 over 372 at-bats.
Elias had a precautionary MRI, but the club won't have results until Monday. He was also examined by doctors, who concluded there wasn't a "high level of concern" regarding the injury. Elias has likely been shut down for the rest of the year.
Sanchez was able to throw 40 pitches off a mound Friday, and has been cleared for a simulated game. Sanchez believes he can return next week as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Encarnacion injured himself in Baltimore, but is still in the starting lineup Friday. He's slated to serve as the team's designated hitter.
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